Facebook gives the ‘OK’ for anti-Trump efforts


Facebook gave its employees the green light to take off work May 1, International Workers’ Day, to protest President Donald Trump.

The Daily Caller reports pro-immigration groups, socialist organizations, labor unions, and more will be taking the day off of work to protest the president.

“At Facebook, we’re committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable expressing their opinions and speaking up,” a representative told Bloomberg. “We support our people in recognizing International Workers’ Day and other efforts to raise awareness for safe and equitable employment conditions.”

Facebook isn’t requiring employees to notify them if they are taking the day off to protest.

“It’s important not just to the engineers and H-1B holders that are traditionally thought of as the immigrants in tech, but also to folks who are subcontracted but work side-by-side on those campuses,” said Derecka Mehrens, co-founder of Silicon Valley Rising, Bloomberg reports. “Immigrants play a critical role in the tech sector — both as engineers and coders but also in keeping tech campuses running smoothly.”

Facebook has openly shown anti-Trump sentiment since Trump was elected. A Facebook executive even helped organize a boycott of air travel to protest the executive order on immigration. Regina Dugan, vice president of engineering at Facebook, wrote a statement touching on the topic on her own Facebook page.

“Last Sunday, I felt heartbroken. And I decided that I had to do something,” Dugan said.

With the help of other Facebook employees, Dugan formed a protest group called “nofl90.”

The boycott’s official page states, “The recent protests have been inspiring and powerful. But it’s not enough for the White House to hear our voices; it must also hear the collective roar of our economic forces.”

But, Facebook is not the only major Web outlet that has voiced negative views of Trump. Google, Airbnb, Twitter, Apple, Uber, and Lyft are also reaching millions with their negative Trump comments and campaigns.

May’s protest is expected to be another national headliner, attracting hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump protesters.

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